National Refugee Week: The Story of Zemaya

It’s National Refugee Week and there are over 60 million people around the world who are still displaced from their homes due to war, persecution, poverty and terror. Help Refugees want to take this time to remember that each of those 60 million is an individual and unique human being equally deserving of our compassion and support, and who should never be considered or dismissed as just another number.

Each day this week we will be sharing a personal story from just one of the millions of refugees in the world. Please do take the time to read and share their and think about how you can join us to help alleviate their suffering.

Today we tell the story of Zemaya.


Zemaya is an 8 year old Syrian girl. When this photo was taken, she was living in the Idomeni refugee camp, Europe’s largest informal refugee camp since World War II.

When it rained, the area would quickly be flooded and the camp was often overwhelmed. Here Zemaya walked through puddles in the fields along the Greek/Macedonian

border. She is now living at Oreokastro military camp outside Thessaloniki in Northern Greece with her family, who dream claiming asylum in Germany where they hope to live in peace.

Zemaya just one of the millions of refugee children in the world today. Each one of these children has the potential to become whatever they dream of being, if we only give them the chance. Please visit to donate to help children just like them.

We would not be able to do our work without your support and kindness. Many of the refugees we help are fleeing the conflict zones of Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan. Others are trying to escape political oppression in countries like Eritrea. All are human beings like us. As well as providing immediate physical assistance, we want to help refugees maintain their dignity.

Please click through if you would like to find out more about our work in Calais, Dunkirk, Lesvos, Samos, Idomeni and other locations. If you would like to know how you can help refugees, please check out our Get Involved section where you can find out how to fundraise for us and how to make a donation. Thank you!